Ergonomic chairs? Height-adjustable standing desks? Stationary desk bikes?

Actually by the looks of things, 2018 promises to shift focus away from specific models and makes, and instead turns the industry’s attention toward an office design approach that’s inspiring the most innovative workspaces.


The rise in popularity of ergonomic certification, coupled with biophilic design principles to workspaces is evidence that businesses are prioritising not only productivity, but also the well-being and comfort of their employees.


If fostering collaboration and increasing productivity through workplace design in 2018 is the goal, then yes, the trend toward human-centered design matters.  According to a 2016 survey by the American Productivity and Quality Center, 56% of employees are stuck in static workspaces, such as cubicles,  and designated offices behind closed doors.  In today’s collaborative working environment, this type of office design may no longer support employees’ needs, and therefore hinders their productivity at work.

For companies setting up new office spaces or updating their commercial interiors, staying on trend will give businesses a cutting edge advantage in attracting and retaining top talent employees – people who are inspired to come to work each day.


In the coming months, office design trends will build on the open office concept that has gained momentum in recent years.  Workspaces will continue to be designed with collaboration, productivity and technology use in mind, while adding the comforts of home will promote employee well-being.


Collaboration is linked to creativity and innovation.  Therefore, designing collaborative office spaces should be an intentional process resulting in areas where natural interaction and collaboration can take place.

For example, an office with larger desks allows for more than one employee to sit and work together comfortably in the same space.  Meanwhile, a smattering of touch down areas with sofas and other group seating options encourage spontaneous brainstorming sessions.

Minimising obstructions like walls, doors, and large room dividers enable workers to see and hear each other better.  Reconfigurable office furniture helps employees optimise their work spaces for collaboration as needs shift from quiet individual work to small group work sessions to large group meetings.


As more and more employees opt for work-from-home arrangements, businesses will respond by designing office spaces with a ‘home away from home’ mentality, abandoning or reducing traditional office furniture.

Early adopters of this trend have incorporated workspaces that look more like dens or living rooms, communal kitchens or game rooms.

These features are designed to create a space where employees actually want to be – where they’ll gladly spend a bit of extra time to wrap up their tasks for the day.  Furthermore, employees who feel comfortable in their work environment will feel less pressure and allow creativity to flow more freely.

Find the design trends that fit your office.  Our professional sales consultants are ready to help you at each stage of your project, from envisioning the possibilities to selecting and installing each piece of furniture.




Modern boardrooms are more than just a meeting space – they are the place where leaders come together, new ideas spark, and action is put into motion.  And with the right modern office furniture to create the environment for collaboration, there’s no limit to the innovation a company will experience.

Undoubtedly, the conference table is the single most important furniture piece in your boardroom.  It’s where ideas are set into motion and where plans for the future of your company take shape.

A boardroom table is the focal point of your conference room.  Select a size, shape, and style that fits the needs of your team and projects the image you desire. Technology integration is also an important element to consider.  Cecil Nurse has a range of solutions to suit any kind of space…from contemporary to traditional and everything in between.

Executive conference chairs at your conference table are also important.  However, be sure you always have more modern conference chairs than you will typically need.  Always better to have too many seats than not enough!

Modern conference rooms also need go-to storage solutions for utmost functionality.  Modern conference shelving units, buffets and storage cabinets can be used for item display, storage of refreshments, cups and utensils as well as important technology and AV equipment to keep you meetings running without a hitch.


Working in an office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting in an office chair – a position that adds stress to the structures in the spine.  To avoid developing or compounding back problems, it’s important to have an office chair that’s ergonomic, that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.

Cecil Nurse is delighted to introduce a range of chairs by WAGNER –  office chairs that go a long way towards redefining the basics of “sitting”.

WAGNER, a traditional chair brand based in Germany, primarily focuses its design expertise on the well-being of humans.  The feel-good factor becomes apparent when the chair design, movement and ergonomics are in balance.

With the ERGOMEDIC 100-1 and the W1LOW high back chairs, as well as the W9 and W8 operator chairs, it most certainly is possible for office workers to sit healthy.

WAGNER produces design that moves and movement that sits!

The main focus of these chairs is the three-dimensional DONDOLA seat mechanism.  Not only does it decouple the rigid connection between the base and the seat, it also induces small movements which relieve the strain on the spinal cord and strengthen it as a result.  A 2006 medical study already confirmed the health benefits of using WAGNER chair. More recent research, this time conducted on a much larger scale, once again came up with impressive results.  The DONDOLA seat mechanism most certainly supports the wellness of the human body with lasting results.

Movement is a central part of our lives.  Many people spend up to 14 hours a day in a seated position and most suffer at least once a year from back pain.  A top priority of the WAGNER office chairs is to combat or reduce this kind of discomfort and increase office productivity by caring about people’s well-being.  The most important criteria when buying an office chair is not IF it moves, but HOW it moves!

There are many types of ergonomic chairs available for use in the office and available from Cecil Nurse.  No one type of office chair is necessarily the best, but there are some things that are very important to look for in a good ergonomic office chair.  These things will allow the individual user to make the chair work well for his or her specific needs.


Cecil Nurse – a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd. is a company that manufactures, sources, designs, develops, markets, distributes, maintains and manages an extensive range of quality, branded office furniture products and related value added services, to office furniture users in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Cecil Nurse responds to the expressed and unexpressed needs of individuals and businesses/companies, being specifiers and end-users in identified market segments where Cecil Nurse can provide superior products and services.

Cecil Nurse goes to great lengths to ensure that products are unique, attained through research, constant innovation, insight into customers’ needs and an eye of the future so that Cecil Nurse clients benefit from the latest ergonomic and sustainable innovations, thereby delivering value for money and providing the right solutions to all end-users.

Cecil Nurse ensures optimum product availability, ex-stock, by installing effective order placement processes and distribution networks designed to meet the needs of customers in various geographic markets, on time, every time.

Cecil Nurse ensures that the company attracts, develops, employs, empowers and retains people who have the required skills and knowledge and capabilities to implement, handle, execute and deliver on all customer installations – big or small –  to include large scale tenders.

Cecil Nurse strives to leverage technology and systems that continue to improve the overall efficiency, drive down costs and give customers the ability to choose their office furniture to meet their specific requirements.

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CECIL NURSE is the leading corporate distributor and manufacturer of contemporary office furniture solutions in Africa.  A company with almost 70 years industry experience, we are a total office furniture systems provider, with a wide range of innovative products to inspire you and a diverse furniture portfolio that has everything you need for a productive, comfortable and healthy business environment.

Together with our design and manufacturing partners we offer you services like project coordination, space planning and 3-D presentations, as well as a vast range of the latest in office furniture innovations. We collaborate with you to identify workspace performance criteria and will create innovative and efficiently designed workspace solutions for you.


CECIL NURSE is your cutting edge resource for modern office furniture.  Working closely with high-profile designers and architects, as well as established eco-organisations, we are your choice when taking contemporary office interiors from idea to reality. Many of the products showcased in our catalogues are locally manufactured and stocked in our own warehousing facilities around the country.

With the main depot – the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere – located in Johannesburg, our efficient logistics and delivery network will ensure that your office is delivered, often ex-stock, and installed where you need it, when you need it.


WARRANTIES & GUARANTEES – Our quality products are backed by a 5-year warranty (unless otherwise indicated) and all are based on the item being used for 8 hours per day within a 5 day working week.  All our office furniture adheres to international quality and safety standards and our own manufacturing facilities conform, not only to the tough standards we set ourselves, but also to stringent South African and international requirements.

PROUDLY BIDVEST – As part of the Bidvest Office Division, Cecil Nurse subscribes to a philosophy of transparency, accountability, integrity, excellence and innovation in all our business dealings with customers, suppliers and shareholders alike.

BLACK EMPOWERED – We strictly adhere to the BB-BEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) requirements, which seek to redress inequalities of the past and include measures such as employment equity, skills development, management, and socio-economic development, and preferential procurement.

ECO-CONSCIOUS – We are committed to supporting sustainable craftsmanship and eco-friendly manufacture of its products wherever possible.  We are environmentally aware, and continue to ensure that our design solutions are sustainable and appreciated by our customers, colleagues and partners.

GBCSA – We are a full member of the Green Building Council of South Africa, an independent, non-profit organisation, which aims to ensure that all structures are built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way so that all South Africans can work and live in healthy, effective and productive environments.


Bring bliss to your back and perfect your posture with these capable office chairs.

If you spend most of your working day seated, a good chair isn’t a luxury: it’s essential.  An unsuitable office chair isn’t just uncomfortable, it can actively damage your health by encouraging poor posture.  Let’s get this bit out of the way first: good chairs are expensive, and going for super-cheap for all day use is a false economy.

Yet many people will happily drop a couple of grand on a sofa, but baulk at spending a fraction of that on an ergonomic office chair, even though they spend more time in the office than they do in their living room.

With a good ergonomic chair, what do you expect to get for your money?  Back support is crucial, as is a seat that’s wide enough and long enough for adequate support.

Gas suspension takes the effort out of adjustment, and many office chairs offer variable resistance so that you can make them stiffer for computer work and recline when you’re reading.

Remember to test drive any chair before you buy it: we’re all different, and what feels fantastic to us may be much less fun for you.

Contact a Cecil Nurse consultant today to discuss all the benefits a good ergonomic office chair can provide.

ERGOMEDIC} The Ergomedic office chair redefines the way we sit – with its three dimensional Dondola seat joint – it encourages micro-movements during sitting and goes a long way towards achieving wellness in the workplace.

ERGOHUMAN }The Ergohuman task chair offers a variety of user-friendly adjustments in combination with supportive design features. These popular office chairs are a favourite for users that perform multiple tasks while seated.

GIRO}For the office, the Giro combines a strong set of ergonomic features with a stylish, contemporary profile that’s designed for extraordinary long-term comfort.

AIR}This innovative ergonomic chair offers excellent full-body support and easy adjustability.  It’s made for all-day use and versatility.

We are at your service

Here at Cecil Nurse, we offer a range of professional services to make your experience enjoyable, efficient and convenient. So, whether you’re after some well informed and practical advice or local and international product sourcing, we’ve got you covered.

  • Professional project management: We develop and create office spaces that realise your design concept perfectly, and we deliver on your space utilisation requirements, budget and expectations which ensures a smoother process for you.
  • A knowledgeable sales force: We pair you up with your own personal consultant, who will interact directly with you to assist you from the planning stages all the way through to implementation and delivery.
  • Product quality guaranteed: Every single item of furniture selected is thoroughly tested for durability and quality, to ensure we deliver the best and you receive the best.
  • Customised space planning: With our extensive experience and use of creativity, we can design and deliver innovative and efficiently designed workspaces, made uniquely to suit you and your needs.
  • 3D Renders: Our qualified space planners can assist you, using powerful computer graphic rendering software, converting 2D concepts into 3D designs, making your ideas come to life.
  • Extensive stock holding: We keep as much stock as we can on hand, to avoid lengthy waiting periods.
  • Nationwide showrooms (incl. Namibia & Botswana): Because we want to make sure that wherever you are, you can find us.
  • Local & international product sourcing and design: The very latest in functional, innovatively designed, quality furniture from reputable local and international manufacturers.
  • Experienced installation & national delivery: Our trained and qualified installation teams will ensure that your office is delivered and installed.

4 Benefits of Standing Desks

According to research sitting is the new smoking. This might sound slightly dramatic, but studies have shown that the extensive periods of time we spend sitting at a desk is in fact harmful to our health, but what’s the solution? Well perhaps it’s time to consider getting yourself or your company standing desks. And here are the top 4 reasons you really should opt for a standing desk over a sitting one.

  1. Reduces the risk of obesity and weight gain } Several studies conducted across the world have found that simple movements, such as stretching, standing and simply taking the stairs will reduce your risk of obesity and help you to avoid weight gain.
  2. Your risk of cancer is reduced } Studies show that both breast cancer and colon cancer are the cancers that appear most related to a lack of physical activity. A study from 2011 reported that 43,000 cases of colon cancer and 49,000 cases of breast cancer were caused by prolonged periods of sitting in the same position and even though these cases were not conclusive, there is a clear connection between a lack of physical activity and developing cancer.
  3. Longer life  } Since sitting too much can be tied to cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. It’s not surprising that getting out of your seat can increase your lifespan.
  4. Better posture  }  A bad posture can lead to a lengthy list of undesirable aches, pains and ailments. By switching to a standing desk, you can improve your posture and reduce eye strain. However, you need to set up your computer screen just above resting eye level, so you have to look up slightly to see it. This positioning helps you to keep from hunching over or slouching as you tap away on your keyboard. The simple act of standing will also improve your core strength, leading to better overall posture.